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Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

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The mission of the TCU Educational Leadership doctoral program is to develop teacher-scholar leaders who make a difference for the common good. The program serves four types of students:

  • Students from outside the EC-12 system who want to establish professional roots in EC-12;
  • Students from within the EC-12 educational context who want to grow, develop, and work in a leadership aspect within the EC-12 context;
  • Students who want to work external to EC-12 but in education-related endeavors (e.g., business/corporate training, policy organizations, non-governmental organizations, or as higher education faculty with EC-12 leadership emphasis); and
  • Students on a personal or professional journey who want to develop as learners via this program.

The program incorporates several planned redundancies that all students can expect to address as threads throughout multiple courses. These involve supporting the student to:

  • Develop and practice ethical leadership;
  • Produce exceptional oral and written communication;
  • Define and respond to complex problems;
  • Be critical consumers of technologies; and
  • Anticipate and respond to dynamic environments.

Additionally, the TCU Educational Leadership Program is committed to the development, throughout the plan of study, of five broad-based leadership themes. Students who pursue the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership can expect that assessments and course syllabi will address these themes, albeit from varying perspectives and with different emphases, depending on the guiding focus of the course. These themes aim to support leaders capable of:

  • Ensuring the effectiveness and coherence of the instructional program of the institution;
  • Creating an organization with greater capacity, coherence, and responsiveness;
  • Growing the human and social capital of the institution;
  • Enhancing relationships between the organization and the community; and
  • Effectively using data and evaluation to enhance the quality of people, programs, and learning within the organization.

For admission into the program, an applicant must have a Master’s in Education or an appropriate field. Additionally, applicants who desire to seek certification as a public school principal or superintendent in Texas must have completed at least one year of full-time teaching at an accredited school prior to beginning coursework. Applicants must present a strong academic record, and a writing sample that documents evidence of leadership skills and experiences and explains motivations and goals for pursuing the Ed.D. degree. Official GRE scores are OPTIONAL.

Students must complete all application requirements by February 1 to enroll in classes by the summer semester (next Cohort begins Summer 2023).

As of March 15, 2017, the Texas Education Agency Board requires the implementation of an Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs (ASEP) technology fee, as required by 19 TAC 229.9(7). This fee is required for each candidate seeking certification; the candidate must pay a fee of $35 per year. The fee will appear on your TCU student account.

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is a 60-hour degree aimed at enabling students to successfully engage in a range of professional activities, from working as a leading practitioner in the EC-12 educational context, to the corporate training or educational world, to the field of leadership in athletics-related endeavors. A detailed program of study is outlined in the TCU Online Catalog.

Download program of study (PDF)


Program Advisors: Drs. Erin Atwood, Miriam Ezzani and Jo Beth Jimerson